Hillside Elementary School

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District Announcements

  • JUNE 28, 2022 (7PM) BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING:

    The Livingston Board of Education will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 7PM at the Central Office, 11 Foxcroft Drive. This meeting will be held in a hybrid format. Members of the community will have an opportunity to attend in-person or virtually via the webinar.  Sign-up for the webinar using the form belowThe meeting will be livestreamed via the district’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/LivSchools.

    *Please note that members of the public who wish to attend Board meetings in person are no longer required to register in advance or show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test. In addition, this district is no longer requiring masks for Board meetings.

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  • Read the script of Dr. Block's 6/16/22 video message. 

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  • SUBSCRIPTION BUSING 2022-2023: The district provides free transportation for in-district students who live more than 2 miles from school in grades K-8; and more than 2.5 miles from the high school. Subscription busing is available for students who are not eligible for free busing. If you are unsure if you qualify for free transportation, please call the Transportation Department at 973-535-8000, x8013, BEFORE filling out this form. View the 2022-2023 Subscription Busing application.

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  • LPS SUMMER ACADEMY: LPS is committed to providing excellent educational experiences for students of all ages this summer! VIEW THE LPS SUMMER ACADEMY BROCHURE.

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  • LPS COVID-19 REPORTING FORM: To report a positive COVID-19 test or symptoms, please fill out the LPS COVID-19 REPORTING FORM.

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Principal's Messages

  • June 22, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 6/22/2022 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    Unbelievably, we have just one more day left this school year!  It was a great year, and I know I speak on the behalf of the Hillside staff when I say that it was a pleasure working with each of your children.  Our work was enhanced because of your support, for which we are sincerely grateful.  

    The close of every school year is a bittersweet time for many reasons.  We will miss our fifth graders very much as they move onto the next phase of their educational journeys.  We will also miss students who are moving away or attending other schools.  Best wishes to them all!

    This year, more than usual, we will miss many staff members who are moving on from their roles at Hillside School.  We say goodbye and thank you to the following members of the staff:

    • Mrs. Rampolla, who is retiring after 26 years of service to the students and families of Hillside School. Congratulations, Mrs. Rampolla!
    • Mrs. Wallock, who after 20 years of service to Hillside, is transferring to Mount Pleasant Elementary School to serve as the school's full-time, K-2 Math Interventionist.  Thank you for your service and best wishes, Mrs. Wallock.  We will miss you!
    • Miss Araujo, who is returning to teaching at Harrison School full-time. Thank you for your help this year, Miss Araujo!
    • Mrs. Yersak and Mrs. Castoro who are leaving the district to pursue opportunities closer to home.  Thank you, both, for all of your wonderful years of service to our students!
    • Mrs. Skwirut, who is relocating to Delaware.  Thank you for spending the year with us!
    • Mrs. Eden, Mrs. Hinds, Mrs. Price, Mrs. Hanna, Mrs. Pezzulo and Mrs. Gonzalez, all of whom are either already on leave or will begin maternity leaves over the summer.  We look forward to seeing some of them return next year and others the year after!  Congratulations to all!
    • Mr. Wasserman, who is retiring after spending the year as our Technology Coach and many years in various positions across the district.  Best wishes!
    • Miss Ratner, whose teaching assignment ends at the end of this year. Thank you, Miss Ratner, for your time with us!
    • Ms. Wynn, who completed the year with us as our World Language teacher filling in for Mrs. Gonzalez.  It was great having you, Ms. Wynn!
    • Mrs. Golonka, who has been recently filling in for Mrs. Hanna.  Your help was greatly appreciated, Mrs. Golonka!
    • Mrs. Ahluwalia, who after serving many years as an amazing lunch aide, is moving onto other opportunities.  Thank you and best of luck to you!
    • Mr. (Brian) Cappadonna, who will end his time as our head custodian, but continue employment in the district at another school.  Thank you, Mr. Brian, for the last two years and best wishes to you!

    Hillside may look a little different in September, but we will continue to have the same big heart we've always had!  Thanks and best wishes to everyone mentioned above!

    This video is a bit late, but I wanted to share a video/photo montage that Mr. Caraballo, our Physical Education teacher, put together using footage taken from his drone on Field Day.  Thanks, Mr. C., for capturing these awesome memories!

    Summer is always a great time to catch up on some reading and/or keeping reading skills sharp.  To that point, we ask that current K-4 families kindly review Summer Reading information here.  Please note the information regarding the Hillside Summer Reading Challenge, where students are challenged to read a certain number of books and to record their efforts in the logs in the document.  Have them return them in September to be acknowledged for their efforts!  Thanks, in advance, for your support!

    We are excited about tomorrow's Fifth Grade Clap Out, which will take place rain or shine!  Families and guests must park off-site and should start gathering at the front loop near the pillar doors at around 11:30 a.m.  Please be sure to stand behind the cones.  Thank you!

    Please see the reminders from Sunday's message below. 

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    REMINDERS

    1)  We will have our Fifth Grade Clap Out on Thursday at dismissal.  Families attending are encouraged to gather in the circle near the pillar doors starting at around 11:30 a.m.  Fifth graders will start making their way through the school at 11:45 a.m. and will exit the building at the pillar doors, which for many, are the doors they first entered in Kindergarten.  A bittersweet moment, for sure, but we look forward to one final celebration of our awesome fifth grade class!

    2)  Note to Kindergarten and First Grade Families regarding pickup on Thursday, 6-23:  In order to alleviate the congestion expected at door 9 on the last day of school due to the Fifth Grade Clap Out, families who pick up Kindergarten and first grade students should meet them at door 8, at the bottom of the stairs that come from the exit near the school's library onto the blacktop.  Thank you for understanding!

    3)  We have partial days of school on Wednesday and Thursday.  Students will dismiss at 12:00 p.m. (11:55 a.m. for Kindergarten).  Families are asked to ensure appropriate pick up arrangements for these last two days of school.  Thank you!  Note that lunch is not served on partial days, but students are still welcome to bring a healthy snack to school.  

    4)  Final report cards will be available to families in the Genesis Parent Portal after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.   

    5)  School Supply Kits for the 22-23 school year are still available for purchase!  This convenient service saves parents the potential hassle of shopping for school supplies during the summer, especially late August when everyone else is doing it, too!  Interested families can find information here.  Given that this is optional, of course, the second page in the attached has the itemized supply list for those who would prefer to purchase on their own.  Please note that the purchase window ends July 1.

    6)  Families whose children are not returning (i.e., those who are moving or attending a private school) to Hillside next school year should notify the office as soon as possible.  Please contact Mrs. Scroeder at jschroeder@livingston.org, and she will provide you with necessary information to withdraw your children and access school records.  Thank you!

    On a final note, I want to thank the students, staff, families, and the wonderful Hillside PTA for making this year a really special and successful one.  It continues to be a privilege to serve as your principal, a role that I shall never take for granted.  

    Have a happy and safe summer, Hillside School!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

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  • June 19, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 6/19/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    Happy Father's Day to all of the awesome Hillside dads and to the families who celebrate!

    It's hard to believe that we're approaching the final four days of the school year!  It's been a great one, and I look forward to ending it well and with a lot of fun and celebration.

    Along with some grade level class parties, we look forward to the final installment of our Character Colors Wars activities!  On Wednesday, we will have our annual Fifth Grade Talent Show (for the student body only).  At the show, pillar teams will present cheers/songs that they will practice the day prior in Caring Communities groups.  Please send your children into school on Wednesday with the color shirt that corresponds with their assigned character pillar (same as Wall Decorating and Field Day).  Thank you, in advance!

    We will have our Fifth Grade Clap Out on Thursday at dismissal.  Families attending are encouraged to gather in the circle near the pillar doors starting at around 11:30 a.m.  Fifth graders will start making their way through the school at 11:45 a.m. and will exit the building at the pillar doors, which for many, are the doors they first entered in Kindergarten.  A bittersweet moment, for sure, but we look forward to one final celebration of our awesome fifth grade class!

    Note to Kindergarten and First Grade Families regarding pickup on Thursday, 6-23:  In order to alleviate the congestion expected at door 9 on the last day of school due to the Fifth Grade Clap Out, families who pick up Kindergarten and first grade students should meet them at door 8, at the bottom of the stairs that come from the exit near the school's library onto the blacktop.  Thank you for understanding!

    We have partial days of school on Wednesday and Thursday.  Students will dismiss at 12:00 p.m. (11:55 a.m. for Kindergarten).  Families are asked to ensure appropriate pick up arrangements for these last two days of school.  Thank you!  Note that lunch is not served on partial days, but students are still welcome to bring a healthy snack to school.  

    Yearbooks for families who ordered them will be delivered to classrooms tomorrow.  All fifth graders will receive a yearbook, courtesy of the Hillside Fifth Grade Committee.  Special thanks to the Yearbook Committee, coordinated by parents and led by Mrs. Mujoski this year, for a job well done!  Fifth graders should bring their yearbooks back to school on Tuesday for a special yearbook signing party that will be held that afternoon.  

    Final report cards will be available to families in the Genesis Parent Portal after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.   

    School Supply Kits for the 22-23 school year are still available for purchase!  This convenient service saves parents the potential hassle of shopping for school supplies during the summer, especially late August when everyone else is doing it, too!  Interested families can find information here.  Given that this is optional, of course, the second page in the attached has the itemized supply list for those who would prefer to purchase on their own.  Please note that the purchase window ends July 1.

    Families whose children are not returning (i.e., those who are moving or attending a private school) to Hillside next school year should notify the office as soon as possible.  Please contact Mrs. Scroeder at jschroeder@livingston.org, and she will provide you with necessary information to withdraw your children and access school records.  Thank you!

    I'm not quite ready to say goodbye, so I will be in touch one more time before the last day of school with a farewell message.  In the meantime, enjoy the upcoming days!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of June 20, 2022

    Monday, 6-20: Third Grade End of Year Party, 12:45 p.m.

    Second Grade Tie Dye End of Year Parties!, 1:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 6-21: Third Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5; Second Marking Period Ends, K

    Caring Communities, 9:45 a.m.

    Fifth Grade Yearbook Signing, 12:30 p.m.

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 6-22: Partial Day of School for Students / 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    Fifth Grade Talent Show, 8:30 a.m. (for student body only)

    Thursday, 6-23: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

    Partial Day of School for Students / 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    Fifth Grade Clap Out, 12:00 p.m.

    Final Report Cards Available to Families after 3:00 p.m.

    Happy Summer, Hillside School!

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  • June 12, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 6/12/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you enjoyed the weekend with your awesome children!

    What a treat we had last week with the performance of Annie, Jr.!  Involved fifth graders had been preparing for the show since December, and it was absolutely amazing!  From the choreography to the singing and costumes, it was beyond anything one would expect from an elementary school show.  Thanks to our committed fifth graders and staff directors, Miss DePalo, Miss Trebbe, Miss Reid and Mrs. Skwirut, for their efforts and hard work.  It showed!

    We look forward to a week of celebrations, as we hold our Kindergarten Celebration on Tuesday, highlighting our youngest learners' first year at Hillside School, and the Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony on Thursday, honoring and celebrating our fifth graders' time and achievements at Hillside.  An emotional week for sure! We look forward to celebrating with families this week!

    We will hold our Student Council Election Assembly on Tuesday afternoon.  Fourth graders who are interested in running for next year's Executive Board will have the opportunity to read campaign speeches to the school and the student body will vote thereafter.  Best of luck to all candidates!

    Notes to Fifth Grade Families:  

    1)The PTA has purchased Hillside Class of 2022 lawn signs as gifts for the fifth graders. Please contact Amy Drost at amy.drost@gmail.com to arrange pick up if you missed your scheduled pickup time and location last week.

    2) I will be in touch shortly about the make-up time for the MPMS Parent Orientation.  Families should expect for this to be held virtually on either Tuesday or Wednesday in the early evening.  I will be in touch, again, when I confirm with the principal, Mrs. O'Leary.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  School Supply Kits for the 22-23 school year are now available for purchase!  This convenient service saves parents the potential hassle of shopping for school supplies during the summer, especially late August when everyone else is doing it, too!  Interested families can find information here.  Given that this is optional, of course, the second page in the attached has the itemized supply list for those who would prefer to purchase on their own.  Please note that the purchase window ends July 1.  Special thanks to Hillside parents, Mrs. Lauro and Mrs. Abramowitz, for coordinating the process with us!  Thank you!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of June 20 can now be placed.  The June lunch menu can be found here

    As a reminder, district schools will be closed on Friday in observance of Juneteenth.  Thank you for reading and enjoy the week ahead!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of June 13, 2022

    Tuesday, 6-14: Flag Day

    Kindergarten Celebration, 8:30 a.m., Upper Gym

    Student Council Election Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, 6-15: Incoming Kindergarten Screening

    Thursday, 6-16: Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 8:30 a.m.

    Fifth Grade Luncheon (students only), 11:00 a.m.

    Kindergarten/Fifth Grade Buddy Class Magic Show, 1:15 p.m.

    Friday, 6-17: School Closed in Observance of Juneteenth

    Sunday, 6-19: Happy Father's Day!

    Week of June 20, 2022

    Monday, 6-20: Third Grade End of Year Party, 12:45 p.m.

    Second Grade Tie Dye End of Year Parties!, 1:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 6-21: Third Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5; Second Marking Period Ends, K

    Caring Communities, 9:45 a.m.

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 6-22: Partial Day of School for Students / 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    Fifth Grade Talent Show, 8:30 a.m. (for student body only)

    Thursday, 6-23: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

    Partial Day of School for Students / 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    Fifth Grade Clap Out, 12:00 p.m.

    Final Report Cards Available to Families after 3:00 p.m.

    Happy Summer, Hillside School!

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  • June 5, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 6/5/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    We had such an exciting week that started with the fifth grade trip to Meadowbrook Day Camp and culminated with Field Day and the Fifth Grade Games!  These moments are what make lasting memories, and we are hopeful that students had a great time!  Congratulations to our fifth graders for their valiant efforts during both the volleyball and ultimate frisbee games!

    During Friday's Field Day Closing Ceremony, we officially unveiled our new playground equipment with a ribbon-cutting ceremony!  The students are so excited about this new piece and we are grateful to the PTA for all its work in securing funds over the years to purchase it, and to the parent group led by Hillside dad, Mr. Glomb, who participated in a community install, saving the PTA thousands of dollars on installation costs.  The piece is featured in the photo to the right.  We are so grateful!

    The upcoming week is equally exciting!  We start the week with our school-wide Literacy Celebration Monday afternoon.  Classes and their buddies will highlight their writing work and celebrate the learning done this year.  Fourth graders are taking their trip to the NJ State House on Tuesday, capping their learning about government for the year.  The PTA Carnival, postponed from last week, will take place after school Tuesday–can't wait for that!  And, fifth graders involved in the play will present their rendition of Annie, Jr. on Thursday for the student body and their families!  It's going to be a great week!  (See the calendar below for even more!)

    Please be sure to read the reminder messages that follow.  School Supply Kits for next year are now on sale (see link below) and we're hoping to have all Spring Fundraiser basket activities concluded this week.  Thank you!

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  Calling all Spring Fundraiser Teacher/Staff Basket Winners!  Families who won a staff basket are encouraged to reach out to staff as soon as possible so that the activities can be scheduled.  If you are unsure of how to do that, please contact Gina in the main office at gioviero@livingston.org and she will help you facilitate that communication.  Thanks so much!  

    2)  School Supply Kits for the 22-23 school year are now available for purchase!  This convenient service saves parents the potential hassle of shopping for school supplies during the summer, especially late August when everyone else is doing it, too!  Interested families can find information here.  Given that this is optional, of course, the second page in the attached has the itemized supply list for those who would prefer to purchase on their own.  Please note that the purchase window ends July 1.  Special thanks to Hillside parents, Mrs. Lauro and Mrs. Abramowitz, for coordinating the process with us!  Thank you!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of June 13 can now be placed.  The June lunch menu can be found here

    Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of June 6, 2022

    Monday, 6-6: School-wide Literacy Celebration; 12:30 p.m.

    Tuesday, 6-7: Fourth Grade Trip to NJ State House

    PTA Carnival, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. (rain date being used)

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 6-8: Fifth Grade's MPMS Orientation (for students), 9:00 a.m., at Hillside

    Incoming Kindergarten Parent Orientation, 7:00 p.m., Upper Gym

    Thursday, 6-9: Fifth Grade Play Rehearsal (for student body), 9:00 a.m.

    Third Grade Instrumental Demonstration Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    Fifth Grade Play Performance for Families, 7:00 p.m., Hillside Upper Gym

    Friday, 6-10: Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony RSVPs Due!

    Week of June 13, 2022

    Tuesday, 6-14: Flag Day

    Kindergarten Celebration, 8:30 a.m., Upper Gym

    Wednesday, 6-15: Incoming Kindergarten Screening

    Thursday, 6-16: Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 8:30 a.m.

    Fifth Grade Luncheon (students only), 11:00 a.m.

    Kindergarten/Fifth Grade Buddy Class Magic Show, 1:15 p.m.

    Friday, 6-17: School Closed in Observance of Juneteenth

    Sunday, 6-19: Happy Father's Day!

    Week of June 20, 2022

    Monday, 6-20: Third Grade End of Year Party, 12:45 p.m.

    Second Grade Tie Dye End of Year Parties!, 1:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 6-21: Third Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5; Second Marking Period Ends, K

    Caring Communities, 9:45 a.m.

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 6-22: Partial Day of School for Students / 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    Fifth Grade Talent Show, 8:30 a.m. (for student body only)

    Thursday, 6-23: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

    Partial Day of School for Students / 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    Fifth Grade Clap Out, 12:00 p.m.

    Final Report Cards Available to Families after 3:00 p.m.

    Happy Summer, Hillside School!

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  • May 29, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/29/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you are enjoying this long, holiday weekend!  On this Memorial Day, we remember and thank those members of the United States Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives to protect our freedoms.  And, we appreciate those who continue to do so. 

    Our fourth and fifth grade members of band, orchestra and chorus put on an AMAZING Spring Concert this past Thursday for students and families.  I am so proud of all of these students' hard work, dedication and practice.  Special thanks to the students and our directors, Mr. Hegedus, Mrs. Vatoci and Mr. Battista, for truly a job well done!

    We are excited about our sixth annual Character Color Wars activities, which include this week's Wall Decorating and Field Day!  Please find the note that was sent home on Thursday here.  Students should wear the pillar color shirt that corresponds with their assigned Caring Communities groups on Wednesday and Friday of this week.  If your children forgot who their Caring Communities teachers are, please reach out to their classroom teachers.  Thanks so much for your support, as always!

    We have our next and final PTA meeting of the year this Wednesday evening starting at 7:00 p.m.  The Zoom link for the meeting can be found here and in the calendar below.  

    On Thursday morning, the Hillside student body will be treated to a performance by the Livingston High School Jazz Band.  Special thanks to our band director, Mr. Hegedus, who also directs the Jazz Band, for making these arrangements and coordinating the visit.  We look forward to what we know will be an amazing show!

    The long-awaited PTA Carnival is this Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.!  Information regarding the carnival can be found here.  Please note that this is a pay-to-attend event and it is NOT a drop-off event; there must be at least one responsible adult with each child in attendance.  Thank you!

    We have our Field Day on Friday, weather permitting.  Students should come to school not only in their pillar color shirt, but with hats and sunscreen already applied, and bottled water.  Field Day will take place during morning hours before lunch.  Students in grades K-4 will also participate as part of the audience for our annual Fifth Grade Games in the afternoon, where fifth graders will play against Hillside staff for bragging rights in volleyball, kickball and frisbee.  We can't wait!  Game on!

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  Calling all Spring Fundraiser Teacher/Staff Basket Winners!  Families who won a staff basket are encouraged to reach out to staff as soon as possible so that the activities can be scheduled.  If you are unsure of how to do that, please contact Gina in the main office at gioviero@livingston.org and she will help you facilitate that communication.  Thanks so much!  

    2)  School Supply Kits for the 22-23 school year are now available for purchase!  This convenient service saves parents the potential hassle of shopping for school supplies during the summer, especially late August when everyone else is doing it, too!  Interested families can find information here.  Given that this is optional, of course, the second page in the attached has the itemized supply list for those who would prefer to purchase on their own.  Please note that the purchase window ends July 1.  Special thanks to Hillside parents, Mrs. Lauro and Mrs. Abramowitz, for coordinating the process with us!  Thank you!

    3)  May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.  Inspired by our dining fundraisers and in observance of NPFS Month, Pyramid Youth and Adult Fitness (also owned by a Hillside family!) is donating 10% of package sessions purchased to the PTA.  This is an ongoing offer, but please be sure to mention Hillside School!  A flyer was sent home last week and can also be found here.  

    4)  Note to fifth grade families:  For your planning purposes, the Moving Up Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, June 16, starting at 8:30 a.m.  There is currently a rain date of Monday, June 20.  This may not be needed if the event is held indoors; the final decision regarding an indoor or outdoor event will be made by June 1.  Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of June 6 can now be placed.  The June lunch menu can be found here

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of May 30, 2022

    Monday, 5-30: Memorial Day, Schools Closed

    Tuesday, 5-31: Fifth Grade Trip to Meadowbrook Day Camp

    Wednesday, 6-1: PRIDE Month Begins

    Fifth Grade Walking Trip to Littell's Pond

    Character Color Wars Wall Decorating, 1:30 p.m.

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (click for Zoom link)

    Thursday, 6-2: LHS Jazz Band Performance at Hillside, 9:00 a.m.

    Field Day Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    PTA Carnival, 4:00 p.m. (click for information)

    Friday, 6-3: Field Day (AM) / Fifth Grade Games (PM)

    Week of June 6, 2022

    Monday, 6-6: Fifth Grade Meadowbrook Day Camp Trip Rain Date

    School-wide Literacy Celebration (PM; for student body only; if Camp rain 

    date is not used)

    Tuesday, 6-7: Fifth Grade Walking Trip to Littell's Pond Rain Date

    Fourth Grade Trip to NJ State House

    PTA Carnival Rain Date

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 6-8: Fifth Grade's MPMS Orientation (for students), 9:00 a.m., at Hillside

    School-wide Literacy Celebration (if Monday, 6-6, is not possible)

    Incoming Kindergarten Parent Orientation, 7:00 p.m., Upper Gym

    Thursday, 6-9: Fifth Grade Play Rehearsal (for student body), AM

    Third Grade Instrumental Demonstration Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    Fifth Grade Play Performance for Families, 7:00 p.m., Hillside Upper Gym

    Friday, 6-10: Field Day (AM) / Fifth Grade Games (PM) Rain Date

    Week of June 13, 2022

    Tuesday, 6-14: Flag Day

    Kindergarten Celebration, 8:30 a.m., Upper Gym

    Wednesday, 6-15: Incoming Kindergarten Screening

    Thursday, 6-16: Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 8:30 a.m.

    Kindergarten/Fifth Grade Buddy Class Magic Show, 1:15 p.m.

    Friday, 6-17: School Closed in Observance of Juneteenth

    Sunday, 6-19: Happy Father's Day!

    Week of June 20, 2022

    Monday, 6-20: Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 8:30 a.m. RAIN DATE (may not be 

    needed if the event is held inside)

    Second Grade Tie Dye End of Year Parties!, 1:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 6-21: Third Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5; Second Marking Period Ends, K

    Caring Communities, 9:45 a.m.

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 6-22: Partial Day of School for Students / 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    Fifth Grade Talent Show, 8:30 a.m. (for student body only)

    Thursday, 6-23: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

    Partial Day of School for Students / 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    Fifth Grade Clap Out, 12:00 p.m.

    Final Report Cards Available to Families after 3:00 p.m.

    Happy Summer, Hillside School!

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  • May 22, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/22/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you are enjoying the weekend and finding a way to stay cool in this heat wave!

    Thursday evening's Multicultural Night was absolutely wonderful!  We had 18 countries represented, a record high, and enjoyed learning about each and having some great food and  treats!  Special thanks to the Multicultural Night Committee Chair, Mrs. Anita Balogh, and other parent volunteers, for coordinating the event and to all the families who hosted a table and represented their cultures!  I had a lot of fun and hope you did, too!

    The NJSLA concludes this week with two days of Science assessments for our fifth graders and testing for any outstanding make-ups.  Our students have worked hard over the last couple of weeks in trying their best, and we are most proud!  Thanks to families for their support, and we look forward to wrapping things up successfully!

    Calling all Spring Fundraiser Teacher/Staff Basket Winners!  Families who won a staff basket are encouraged to reach out to staff as soon as possible so that the activities can be scheduled.  If you are unsure of how to do that, please contact Gina in the main office at gioviero@livingston.org and she will help you facilitate that communication.  Thanks so much!  

    We have our Spring Concert this Thursday.  Our fourth and fifth graders who participate in chorus, orchestra and band will have the opportunity to showcase their talents and skills at both the school rehearsal for the student body, and then the evening performance at Heritage at 7:00 p.m.  We look forward to it!

    We have our next Student Council School Spirit Day on Thursday.  In observance of Memorial Day, students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue!  Also on Thursday, our Student Council will host its annual Character Colors Wars Assembly as we prepare for Wall Decorating and Field Day!  Families will be notified soon of which pillar students are assigned to for these events, so that they can prepare the appropriate shirt color to wear.  Stay tuned and thanks, in advance!

    In addition to the Spring Concert and Character Color Wars Assembly, Thursday will bring a change in school leadership for the day.  "Principal for a Day" basket winners, Ashley and Ethan Litsky, will take the reins as co-principals for the day!  I am certain they will do an amazing job and I look forward to the day off! 😉

    GT Art and GT Music applications for the 22-23 school year are now available for interested third and fourth grade students (the program is for fourth and fifth graders).  Applications are due May 26.  Complete information can be found here.  

    School Supply Kits for the 22-23 school year are now available for purchase!  This convenient service saves parents the potential hassle of shopping for school supplies during the summer, especially late August when everyone else is doing it, too!  Interested families can find information here.  Given that this is optional, of course, the second page in the attached has the itemized supply list for those who would prefer to purchase on their own.  Please note that the purchase window ends July 1.  Special thanks to Hillside parents, Mrs. Lauro and Mrs. Abramowitz, for coordinating the process with us!  Thank you!

    You may have noticed some activity on the playground over the weekend…that's our new playground piece in the process of being installed!  This is a long time coming, and we are super excited about the project and look forward to its completion!  Thanks, again, to the Hillside PTA for funding this project and to Hillside dad, Mr. Glomb, for coordinating installation with other parents, and to the parents who volunteered to do it!  We appreciate all of you!

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.  Inspired by our dining fundraisers and in observance of NPFS Month, Pyramid Youth and Adult Fitness (also owned by a Hillside family!) is donating 10% of package sessions purchased to the PTA.  This is an ongoing offer, but please be sure to mention Hillside School!  A flyer was sent home last week and can also be found here.  

    2)  Note to fifth grade families:  For your planning purposes, the Moving Up Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, June 16, starting at 8:30 a.m.  There is currently a rain date of Monday, June 20.  This may not be needed if the event is held indoors; the final decision regarding an indoor or outdoor event will be made by June 1.  Thank you for your patience and understanding!

    3)  May is also Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  Last year, Hillside School collaborated with two Livingston High School clubs to create a fun experience for students that included listening to stories written by and about Asian and Pacific Island cultures, and watching and learning a traditional Filipino dance.  We plan to host a similar event this year and are working with the LHS clubs to finalize a date and activities.  Stay tuned!

    4)  District subscription bus transportation information is now available and can be found here.  Please note that there are two documents in the folder; a letter from the district with information and the application.  This service is available for in-district students only.  Applications are due by July 1.  

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of May 30 can now be placed.  The May lunch menu can be found here.  The June menu will be sent to families as soon as we receive it.  

    Thanks for reading, and enjoy the week ahead and the long weekend!  Don't forget that there's no school on Friday!  

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of May 23, 2022

    Tuesday, 5-24: NJSLA Grade 5, Science (click here for parent letter send on April 25)

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-25: NJSLA Grade 5, Science

    Third Grade Trip to Ellis/Liberty Islands

    Thursday, 5-26: Principals for a Day Take Over!

    Student Council School Spirit Day–Wear Red, White and Blue!

    GT Art Applications Due (grades 4 & 5)

    Hillside Spring Concert School Rehearsal, 9:00 a.m.

    Student Council Character Color Wars Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    Hillside Spring Concert for Families, 7:00 p.m., Heritage Auditorium

    Friday, 5-27: Schools Closed/Unused Snow Day Giveback

    Week of May 30, 2022

    Monday, 5-30: Memorial Day, Schools Closed

    Tuesday, 5-31: Fifth Grade Trip to Meadowbrook Day Camp

    Wednesday, 6-1: PRIDE Month Begins

    Fifth Grade Walking Trip to Littell's Pond

    Character Color Wars Wall Decorating, 1:30 p.m.

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 6-2: LHS Jazz Band Performance at Hillside, 9:00 a.m.

    Field Day Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    PTA Carnival, 4:00 p.m. (click for information)

    Friday, 6-3: Field Day (AM) / Fifth Grade Games (PM)

    Week of June 6, 2022

    Monday, 6-6: Fifth Grade Meadowbrook Day Camp Trip Rain Date

    School-wide Literacy Celebration (PM; for student body only; if Camp rain 

    date is not used)

    Tuesday, 6-7: Fifth Grade Walking Trip to Littell's Pond Rain Date

    Fourth Grade Trip to NJ State House

    PTA Carnival Rain Date

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 6-8: Fifth Grade's MPMS Orientation (for students), 9:00 a.m., at Hillside

    School-wide Literacy Celebration (if Monday, 6-6, is not possible)

    Incoming Kindergarten Parent Orientation, 7:00 p.m., Upper Gym

    Thursday, 6-9: Fifth Grade Play Rehearsal (for student body), AM

    Third Grade Instrumental Demonstration Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    Fifth Grade Play Performance for Families, 7:00 p.m., Hillside Upper Gym

    Friday, 6-10: Field Day (AM) / Fifth Grade Games (PM) Rain Date

    Week of June 13, 2022

    Tuesday, 6-14: Flag Day

    Kindergarten Celebration, 8:30 a.m., Upper Gym

    Wednesday, 6-15: Incoming Kindergarten Screening

    Thursday, 6-16: Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 8:30 a.m.

    Kindergarten/Fifth Grade Buddy Class Magic Show, 1:15 p.m.

    Friday, 6-17: School Closed in Observance of Juneteenth

    Sunday, 6-19: Happy Father's Day!

    Week of June 20, 2022

    Monday, 6-20: Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 8:30 a.m. RAIN DATE (may not be 

    needed if the event is held inside)

    Second Grade Tie Dye End of Year Parties!, 1:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 6-21: Third Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5; Second Marking Period Ends, K

    Caring Communities, 9:45 a.m.

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 6-22: Partial Day of School for Students / 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    Fifth Grade Talent Show, 8:30 a.m. (for student body only)

    Thursday, 6-23: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

    Partial Day of School for Students / 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    Fifth Grade Clap Out, 12:00 p.m.

    Final Report Cards Available to Families after 3:00 p.m.

    Happy Summer, Hillside School!

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  • May 15, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/15/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you enjoyed the weekend!  It's finally starting to feel like spring, or maybe even summer, out there!

    The NJSLA started this past week with our third graders and continues this week with our fourth and fifth graders.  Testing has gone well so far and we look forward to another successful week ahead.  Third grade make-ups will also begin this week and will continue until all students have taken all test sections.  Thanks, again, for your support in getting children to school on time each test day!

    The next installment of the Hillside PTA's, Hillside Dines Out Fundraiser, is this Tuesday.  If you're in the mood for takeout, please consider A Mother's Touch, who will donate 10% of all orders to the PTA.  This establishment also happens to be owned by a Hillside family!

    May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.  Inspired by our dining fundraisers and in observance of NPFS Month, Pyramid Youth and Adult Fitness (also owned by a Hillside family!) is donating 10% of package sessions purchased to the PTA.  This is an ongoing offer, but please be sure to mention Hillside School!  A flyer was sent home last week and can also be found here.  

    The next and final meeting of the School Equity Leadership Team will take place after school on Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. via Zoom.  Invited parent members will receive a link prior to the meeting.  

    The PTA's Multicultural Night is scheduled for this Thursday, May 19, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on the school's upper blacktop.  The event, which is one of my favorites, invites families to host a booth and share information about their heritages, and even prepare and share some delicious food!  Please come by and join us on a trip around the world!

    May is also Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  Last year, Hillside School collaborated with two Livingston High School clubs to create a fun experience for students that included listening to stories written by and about Asian and Pacific Island cultures, and watching and learning a traditional Filipino dance.  We plan to host a similar event this year and are working with the LHS clubs to finalize a date and activities.  Stay tuned!

    Note to fifth grade families:  For your planning purposes, the Moving Up Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, June 16, starting at 8:30 a.m.  There is currently a rain date of Monday, June 20.  This may not be needed if the event is held indoors; the final decision regarding an indoor or outdoor event will be made by June 1.  Thank you for your patience and understanding!

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  Yearbook Messages to students and staff:  Families have an opportunity to create and purchase yearbook messages to acknowledge and congratulate students, teachers, administrators and staff for an amazing year.  Your messages will appear in the back of the yearbook.  Use the link below to create and purchase a yearbook message:  https://hillsideschoolpta.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/180596.

    2)  District subscription bus transportation information is now available and can be found here.  Please note that there are two documents in the folder; a letter from the district with information and the application.  This service is available for in-district students only.  Applications are due by July 1.  

    3)  Calling all future Kindergarten students!  The district is currently accepting pre-registrations for students who are starting Kindergarten in September, 2022.  If you have an incoming Kindergartener, please see registration information here.  If you know of someone who needs this information, kindly do pass it along to them.  Thank you!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of May 23 can now be placed.  The May lunch menu can be found here

    Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of May 16, 2022

    Monday, 5-16: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, ELA (click here for parent letter send on April 25)

    Tuesday, 5-17: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, ELA

    PTA's Hillside Dines Out at A Mother's Touch

    School Equity Leadership Team Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-18: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, Math

    District Art Show, Livingston Mall, 6:00 p.m.

    District SEPAC Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 5-19: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, Math

    GT Art Ceiling Tile "Field Trip" (on site), PM

    Hillside's Multicultural Night, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Upper Blacktop

    Friday, 5-20: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, Math

    Week of May 23, 2022

    Tuesday, 5-24: NJSLA Grade 5, Science (click here for parent letter send on April 25)

    Hillside's Multicultural Night Rain Date

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

     

    Wednesday, 5-25: NJSLA Grade 5, Science

    Third Grade Trip to Ellis/Liberty Islands

    Thursday, 5-26: Student Council School Spirit Day–Wear Red, White and Blue!

    GT Art Applications Due (grades 4 & 5)

    Hillside Spring Concert School Rehearsal, 9:00 a.m.

    Hillside Spring Concert for Families, 7:00 p.m., Heritage Auditorium

    Friday, 5-27: Schools Closed/Unused Snow Day Giveback

    Week of May 30, 2022

    Monday, 5-30: Memorial Day, Schools Closed

    Tuesday, 5-31: Fifth Grade Trip to Meadowbrook Day Camp

    Wednesday, 6-1: PRIDE Month Begins

    Fifth Grade Walking Trip to Littell's Pond

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 6-2: LHS Jazz Band Performance at Hillside, 9:00 a.m.

    Field Day Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    PTA Carnival, 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 6-3: Field Day (AM) / Fifth Grade Games (PM)

    Week of June 6, 2022

    Monday, 6-6: Fifth Grade Meadowbrook Day Camp Trip Rain Date

    School-wide Literacy Celebration (PM; for student body only; if Camp rain 

    date is not used)

    Tuesday, 6-7: Fifth Grade Walking Trip to Littell's Pond Rain Date

    Fourth Grade Trip to NJ State House

    PTA Carnival Rain Date

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 6-8: Fifth Grade's MPMS Orientation (for students), 9:00 a.m., at Hillside

    School-wide Literacy Celebration (if Monday, 6-6, is not possible)

    Incoming Kindergarten Parent Orientation, 7:00 p.m., Upper Gym

    Thursday, 6-9: Fifth Grade Play Rehearsal (for student body), AM

    Third Grade Instrumental Demonstration Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    Fifth Grade Play Performance for Families, 7:00 p.m., Hillside Upper Gym

    Friday, 6-10: Field Day (AM) / Fifth Grade Games (PM) Rain Date

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  • May 8, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/8/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    Happy Mother's Day to all of our amazing moms!  I hope you have a wonderful day full of spoils!

    The PTA's Spring Fundraiser held this past Thursday evening at Ravello's was a blast!  Special thanks to the Fifth Grade Committee and other PTA volunteers for coordinating and planning such a successful event!  And, thanks to the many community supporters, including some of our very own families, who donated all the wonderful prizes–we appreciate you and your support of our school!

    Staff Appreciation Week culminated on Friday with a delicious luncheon that even included live music by one of our fifth grade parents!  Thanks to the PTA and all families who made us feel extra special this week.  We are forever grateful and, too, realize how fortunate we are to work at Hillside School with your children and you!  We all make a great team!

    The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) begins this week.  Third graders will take the assessment this week, and fourth and fifth graders will take it starting Monday, May 16.  Families can find additional information in this letter that was sent home on April 25.  Together, teachers and families have prepared our students well, so please just encourage them to put forth their best attitudes and efforts–the rest will take care of itself!

    We have our monthly PTA meeting this Wednesday evening via Zoom.  The link can be found in the calendar below.  Please join us if you can!

    On Friday, we have our final student School Store of the year during lunch periods.  Interested shoppers should be sure to bring money with them to school that day.  Thanks to families for making the School Store such a success this year!  Best year yet!

    In a short time, the teachers and I will be creating classes for next school year.  Parent input and is welcome and valued, and should be entered into this form by Friday.  Please note that this is for parents of K-4 students only.  Thank you!

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  The PTA's Multicultural Night is scheduled for Thursday, May 19.  The event, which is one of my favorites, invites families to host a booth and share information about their heritages, and even prepare and share some delicious food!  Information can be found in this flyer and I encourage families to proudly host a booth!

    2)  Yearbook Messages to students and staff:  Families have an opportunity to create and purchase yearbook messages to acknowledge and congratulate students, teachers, administrators and staff for an amazing year.  Your messages will appear in the back of the yearbook.  Use the link below to create and purchase a yearbook message:  https://hillsideschoolpta.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/180596.

    3)  District subscription bus transportation information is now available and can be found here.  Please note that there are two documents in the folder; a letter from the district with information and the application.  This service is available for in-district students only.  Applications are due by July 1.  

    4)  Calling all future Kindergarten students!  The district is currently accepting pre-registrations for students who are starting Kindergarten in September, 2022.  If you have an incoming Kindergartener, please see registration information here.  If you know of someone who needs this information, kindly do pass it along to them.  Thank you!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of May 16 can now be placed.  The May lunch menu can be found here

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of May 9. 2022

    Monday, 5-9: NJSLA Grade 3, ELA (click here for parent letter send on April 25)

    Tuesday, 5-10: NJSLA Grade 3, ELA

    BOE Executive Session on Personnel, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-11: NJSLA Grade 3, Math

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (click for meeting link)

    Thursday, 5-12: NJSLA Grade 3, Math

    BOE Workshop/Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Friday, 5-13: NJSLA Grade 3, Math

    Class Placement Parent Input Due (click for form)

    School Store

    Week of May 16, 2022

    Monday, 5-16: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, ELA (click here for parent letter send on April 25)

    Tuesday, 5-17: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, ELA

    PTA's Hillside Dines Out at A Mother's Touch

    School Equity Leadership Team Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-18: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, Math

    District Art Show, Livingston Mall, 6:00 p.m.

    District SEPAC Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 5-19: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, Math

    GT Art Ceiling Tile "Field Trip" (on site), PM

    Hillside's Multicultural Night, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Upper Blacktop

    Friday, 5-20: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, Math

    Week of May 23, 2022

    Tuesday, 5-24: NJSLA Grade 5, Science (click here for parent letter send on April 25)

    Hillside's Multicultural Night Rain Date

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-25: NJSLA Grade 5, Science

    Third Grade Trip to Ellis/Liberty Islands

    Thursday, 5-26: Student Council School Spirit Day–Wear Red, White and Blue!

    Hillside Spring Concert School Rehearsal, 9:00 a.m.

    Hillside Spring Concert for Families, 7:00 p.m., Heritage Auditorium

    Friday, 5-27: Schools Closed/Unused Snow Day Giveback

    Week of May 30, 2022

    Monday, 5-30: Memorial Day, Schools Closed

    Tuesday, 5-31: Fifth Grade Trip to Meadowbrook Day Camp

    Wednesday, 6-1: PRIDE Month Begins

    Fifth Grade Walking Trip to Littell's Pond

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 6-2: LHS Jazz Band Performance at Hillside, 9:00 a.m.

    Field Day Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    PTA Carnival, 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 6-3: Field Day (AM) / Fifth Grade Games (PM)

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  • May 1, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/1/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    Happy May, and Eid Mubarek to all who celebrate!  I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend, where we finally had some beautiful spring weather!

    Special thanks to our fourth and fifth graders enrolled in TREP$ for an amazing Marketplace, and to the staff, PTA and families who supported the event!  Yes, the weather could have been a bit more cooperative, but the event was a success, and congratulations to our young entrepreneurs for an amazing job in planning, creating and selling their goods and services!  We have one more TREP$ workshop after school on Tuesday, where students will have the opportunity to reflect upon the experience.  Families-please be sure your children attend!  Thank you!

    This first week in May is School Staff Appreciation Week.  The Hillside School staff is second-to-none, and I consider myself incredibly lucky to know and work with each of the amazing people who make our school the special place it is.  I was able to get a sneak peek of some of the door decorations after school on Friday (they're amazing!).  Thanks to the families who spent time decorating, and we look forward to the PTA's Staff Luncheon on Friday!

    The PTA's Spring Fundraiser event is this Thursday evening at Ravello's starting at 6:00 p.m.  I look forward to it, and to celebrating Cinco de Mayo with attending families, staff and friends!  Should be fun!

    Our next Student Council School Spirit Day is this Friday.  It's "Monochrome Day", and students are encouraged to wear outfits of all the same color.  Interesting idea!

    The PTA's Multicultural Night is scheduled for Thursday, May 19.  The event, which is one of my favorites, invites families to host a booth and share information about their heritages, and even prepare and share some delicious food!  Information can be found in this flyer and I encourage families to proudly host a booth!

    Yearbook Messages to students and staff:  Families have an opportunity to create and purchase yearbook messages to acknowledge and congratulate students, teachers, administrators and staff for an amazing year.  Your messages will appear in the back of the yearbook.  Use the link below to create and purchase a yearbook message:  https://hillsideschoolpta.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/180596.

    District subscription bus transportation information is now available and can be found here.  Please note that there are two documents in the folder; a letter from the district with information and the application.  Applications are due by July 1.  

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  Calling all future Kindergarten students!  The district is currently accepting pre-registrations for students who are starting Kindergarten in September, 2022.  If you have an incoming Kindergartener, please see registration information here.  If you know of someone who needs this information, kindly do pass it along to them.  Thank you!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of May 9 can now be placed.  The May lunch menu can be found here

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of May 2, 2022--Staff Appreciation Week!

    Monday, 5-2: Eid al-Fitr

    Mrs. Eden's Last Day;  Welcome, Mrs. Faber!

    Tuesday, 5-3: TREPS Workshop 6 (Final), 2:45 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-4: Third Grade Speeches (parents invited)

    Thursday, 5-5: ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

    PTA's Spring Fundraiser, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., Ravello's, East Hanover

    Friday, 5-6: PTA's Staff Appreciation Luncheon

    Student Council School Spirit Day–Monochrome Day! (Wear outfits of one 

    color)

    Sunday, 5-8: Happy Mother's Day!

    Week of May 9. 2022

    Monday, 5-9: NJSLA Grade 3, ELA (click here for parent letter send on April 25)

    Tuesday, 5-10: NJSLA Grade 3, ELA

    BOE Executive Session on Personnel, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-11: NJSLA Grade 3, Math

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (click for meeting link)

    Thursday, 5-12: NJSLA Grade 3, Math

    BOE Workshop/Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Friday, 5-13: NJSLA Grade 3, Math

    Class Placement Parent Input Due (click for form)

    School Store

    Week of May 16, 2022

    Monday, 5-16: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, ELA (click here for parent letter send on April 25)

    Tuesday, 5-17: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, ELA

    School Equity Leadership Team Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-18: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, Math

    District Art Show, Livingston Mall, 6:00 p.m.

    District SEPAC Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 5-19: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, Math

    Hillside's Multicultural Night, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Upper Blacktop

    Friday, 5-20: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, Math

    Week of May 23, 2022

    Tuesday, 5-24: NJSLA Grade 5, Science (click here for parent letter send on April 25)

    Hillside's Multicultural Night Rain Date

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-25: NJSLA Grade 5, Science

    Third Grade Trip to Ellis/Liberty Islands

    Thursday, 5-26: Student Council School Spirit Day–Wear Red, White and Blue!

    Hillside Spring Concert School Rehearsal, 9:00 a.m.

    Hillside Spring Concert for Families, 7:00 p.m., Heritage Auditorium

    Friday, 5-27: Schools Closed/Unused Snow Day Giveback

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  • April 23, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 4/23/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you had a wonderful Spring Break with your children!  We look forward to having them back at school on Monday!

    The PTA is hosting a Hillside Spring Apparel Sale!  Information regarding the apparel sale can be found here.  Please note that the sale ends on April 24 (tomorrow!).  Thank you!

    "Take Your Child to Work Day" is Thursday, April 28.  Families who plan to participate and keep children home from school that day should be sure to make note in the comments section of the attendance portal that students are participating in the day, so that it can be marked as an excused absence.  Absences for this purpose will only be marked excused for that day only (April 28).  Thank you for understanding!

    We are very excited about our TREPS Marketplace set to take place Thursday evening on the school's upper blacktop, weather permitting!  Our fourth and fifth graders enrolled in the program have been working hard over the last several weeks on their services or products, and we ask for your support as they look to sell these goods at the Marketplace on Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Please see the event flyer here.  Thank you and we hope to see you!

    Note from the PTA Yearbook Committee:

    We are very excited to announce that it is time to place your 2021-2022 Hillside Elementary Yearbook orders!!!  Order by April 29, 2022 using this link:  www.treering.com/validate; enter passcode: 101565891156127.

    Please note, you also have an opportunity to create and purchase yearbook messages to acknowledge and congratulate students, teachers, administrators and staff for an amazing year.  Your message will appear in the back of the yearbook.  Use the link below to create and purchase a yearbook message:  https://hillsideschoolpta.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/180596.

    NOTE FOR PARENTS of 5th GRADERS: 5th graders will receive a yearbook for free, as a graduation gift from the PTA. Please remember you do NOT have to order a yearbook for your 5th grader, unless you would like to purchase additional copies for siblings.

    The next installment of the PTA's Hillside Dines Out fundraiser will take place this Wednesday.  If you're looking for some Italian take-out that day, please consider Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, and don't forget to mention Hillside School!  Thank you!  

    We have our next Student Council Assembly Friday afternoon and look forward to coming together as a school community.  Every assembly day is a school spirit day, so please encourage your children to wear Hillside gear or school colors (blue/yellow).  Thank you!

    Ramadan concludes next week with the celebration of Eid.  Some of our families who celebrate the holiday have created an informative video and fun craft that we plan to share with our students this week.  Special thanks to the families who celebrate for sharing about your culture with us, and I wish you a wonderful holiday!

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  Calling all future Kindergarten students!  The district is currently accepting pre-registrations for students who are starting Kindergarten in September, 2022.  If you have an incoming Kindergartener, please see registration information here.  If you know of someone who needs this information, kindly do pass it along to them.  Thank you!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of May 2 can now be placed.  The May lunch menu can be found here

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of April 25, 2022

    Tuesday, 4-26: TREPS Workshop 5, 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.

    Equity Leadership Team Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

    BOE Voting/Budget Public Hearing Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 4-27: PTA's Hillside Dines Out at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

    Thursday, 4-28: Take Your Child to Work Day (see note above)

    TREPS Marketplace, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Upper Blacktop

    Friday, 4-29: Student Council Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    Staff Appreciation Door Decorating! (after school)

    Saturday, 4-30: PTA's Earth Day Cleanup

    Sunday, 5-1: Eid Begins at Sundown

    Week of May 2, 2022--Staff Appreciation Week!

    Tuesday, 5-3: TREPS Workshop 6 (Final), 2:45 p.m.

    TREPS Marketplace Rain Date, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-4: Third Grade Speeches (parents invited)

    Thursday, 5-5: Happy Cinco de Mayo!

    PTA's Spring Fundraiser, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., Ravello's, East Hanover

    Friday, 5-6: PTA's Staff Appreciation Luncheon

    Sunday, 5-8: Happy Mother's Day!

    Week of May 9. 2022

    Monday, 5-9: NJSLA Grade 3, ELA

    Tuesday, 5-10: NJSLA Grade 3, ELA

    TREPS Workshop 6 Rain Date (if Marketplace Rain Date is used), 

    2:45 p.m.

    BOE Executive Session on Personnel, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-11: NJSLA Grade 3, Math

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (click for meeting link)

    Thursday, 5-12: NJSLA Grade 3, Math

    BOE Workshop/Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Friday, 5-13: NJSLA Grade 3, Math

    Class Placement Parent Input Due (information forthcoming)

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